Paradise ponders: rodeo and project progress edition... Debbie and I are headed down to Ogden this evening, to go to the rodeo that's part of Ogden's Pioneer Day celebration. If you're unfamiliar with Pioneer Day, it's an annual celebration of July 24, 1847 when Brigham Young and the first group of his Mormon followers finally made it to the Great Salt Lake Valley. It's a state holiday in Utah, and is also celebrated in several surrounding states, mainly in predominantly Mormon communities. This particular rodeo is part of the professional rodeo circuit, so some of the best rodeo competitors in the world will be there.
Randy B., his partner Jeffrey, and two of Randy's grandsons showed up bright and early this morning, as promised. Some photos of their progress are below. The first order of business was to mount our shiny red door, which they did with a level of competence far in excess of anything I could have mustered on my own. It is a great pleasure for me simply to watch them work – Randy and Jeffrey have worked together for a good number of years, and they complement each other very well. Jeffrey is the guy on the left in the first photo; Randy is in the dark blue T-shirt in the second. In the third photo you can see the door shortly after they had it installed. The last photo shows Carl (Randy's border collie) and the first foot or so of rock veneer installed. It's going to be beautiful when they're finished!
Mark T. and the sprinkler guys also made great progress today. They're still working as I write this, and will be for another 6 hours or so. By the time they leave tonight, I'm expecting that they'll have all the valve wires plus the 110 VAC for my flagpole lights all run under our bridge. That means tomorrow we should have the 13 zones on the south wired up to the sprinkler controller and we can start watering everything south of our driveway. Woo hoo!